Artistic experiment: when to save and when to discard. Care to advise?

One of the coolest parts of doing so much house-sitting is the inspiration that comes from spending time in new places so regularly. Especially when half of my traveling friends are artists. Being immersed in a stream of fresh sights gets my brain going. If I'm not writing, I'm conjuring up ideas for new artistic experiments I can conduct. Art supplies get packed right along with my suitcase, so I'm ready to let myself soak up all the possibilities afforded me by the endless stream of new surroundings.

I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to keep this or throw it away.

This is an experimental, mixed-media, abstract piece of highly textured art that I may throw out since I used the wrong surface for painting on. Then again, maybe I won't throw it away after all!

This is an experimental, mixed-media, abstract piece of highly textured art that I may throw out since I used the wrong surface for painting on. Then again, maybe I won't throw it away after all!

This week has brought a new challenge, though. This idea has been gestating, related to capturing an excess amount of texture. It didn't seem ideal to waste a canvas on an experiment that could very possibly bomb. Good time to use something that no longer had any use. I decided to recycle the honkin question list from honeyman's interview series and use that instead of a canvas. He'd written, in huge black marker, a list of questions on both sides of a piece of foam core, thereby enabling him to see them comfortably from across the room while interviewing first Matty Sheets, then Channing & Quinn (video of the latter will be ready for your enjoyment within a day or two; trust me, I know... I'm his editor! Though I feel inclined to put "editor" in quotes, since I'm learning as I go! As is my custom.) Said leftover handy lists have been riding around in my truck, behind the seats, for a couple of weeks now. You know I was not just gonna' throw that thing out if I could make something out of it. So yea, voila! I needed a surface to try some things out on and here you have it! Ready made surface, just calling out to be glued and painted on.

Only now that I've gotten far enough along to know that yes, the experiment is probably going to work, I've also gotten far enough along to discover that this is NOT a great surface for getting wet over and over again, as I add the needed layers of paint. Still, I kinda' dig what I've accomplished in just this little bit of time.

What to do? Try and keep pushing on and salvage it? Or throw it out and start over, fresh, this time using proper materials? Through one lens, moving forward could just be a waste of time. (And paint!) I mean, what if the whole thing disintegrates under the strain of all that moisture?! Then again, maybe letting it dry thoroughly between sessions could be plenty fine! (You see why some people actually take classes, right? Clearly, though, these people have way too much time on their hands. Seriously? Planning ahead??? What is this planning of which you speak?!)

Only time will tell... But any advice from the (gentle) artist types who stumble across this post will always, always be welcome if you want to weigh in!